Videos Show Arson Attack On Vieux Fort Church, Worshippers Fleeing

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Videos posted on social media show a lone male hurling an incendiary device at a statue outside the Vieux Fort Catholic Church at Pierrot.

The incident occurred Sunday about noon while the church building was packed with worshippers, eyewitnesses say.

One of the recordings shows the man yelling ‘Judgement’ before hurling two home made bombs at a statue outside the church.

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The statue bursts into flames as the man walks out of range of the camera.

Another male, apparently a parishioner, walks into the camera shot inspecting the damage.

In the background can be heard the singing of worshipers inside the building.

Another video shows persons fleeing the church while a voice from inside is heard yelling ‘King Selassie I the first’.

Parishioner fleeing church

Eyewitnesses reported that the man who originally set fire to the statue outside entered the church but was held by male individuals inside and later handed over to the police.

He is reported to have had other incendiary devices in his possession.

The man who was arrested is heard yelling, among other things: ‘Burn Jesus! Burn the Holy Ghost’ as he is being led away.

The incident has evoked memories of the 2000 New Year’s Eve attack on Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Castries.

Two men, Kim John and Francis Phillip, doused parishioners with petrol and set them ablaze claiming that God ordered them to do it.

An Irish nun and a priest died in the attack, while others were badly burned and to this day bear scars from the incident.

John and Phillip had pleaded guilty to manslaughter after the Privy Council overturned their death sentence for murder.

They were subsequently sentenced to life in prison.

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